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Every once in awhile [personal profile] blnchflr hosts a mini meta fest. The idea is this: Mini Meta Fest is open to everyone, but is especially geared towards those of us who want to engage in more informal meta, but need a little kick in the butt to get going and not be overwhelmed by having to produce long, well-thought-out meta.

What I want to do is something similar, but with a femslash focus. Here's how it'll work.

1. Submit topics you want to see meta about.

Topics can be anything so long as they related to femslash. Because there will be a masterlist instead of sending out topics to people individually canon-specific topics will not only be allowed, but encouraged.

Some example prompts: Pairing the Spares: Femslashing When There's Only Two Female Characters; Femslash and Doctor Who Fandom: Pairing Characters From Different Timelines, Where's the Femslash Little Black Dress?

Prompts will be collected for a week. Or until April 15th. You may submit as many prompts as you like. You don't need to plan on writing meta to submit prompts.

2. Masterlist of topics is posted.

Sometime on the 16th I will post a masterlist of all the topics. There you will hopefully see a topic or two (or three or four) that interest you.

3. Write mini meta about the topics.

Because this is a mini meta fest the goal is to write around 300 words on your topic, but that's just a guideline. Write 100 words or write 1000 if you get inspired. The point is to just write what your thoughts are on a given topic. This is very informal.

You can post your mini meta to the comm or a link to where you've posted it elsewhere. There is no official deadline for posting your meta, but I'm planning on doing a wrap up/round up post on June 1st. Plenty of time to get all your meta in.

4. Discuss femslash in the comments of the posts!

Because who doesn't like discussing femslash?

I have topics! :)

Date: 2010-04-08 07:43 pm (UTC)
havocthecat: sophie and parker from leverage (leverage sophie and parker)
From: [personal profile] havocthecat
Crossover femslash: Not just a last resort.
The joys of femslash multishipping.

Date: 2010-04-08 08:41 pm (UTC)
mosca: Alissa Czisny smiling with rainbow gloves (alissa level four pillar hugging)
From: [personal profile] mosca
This is a fantastic idea that I am not sure I have time for, but I will at least leave some prompts.

- I'd love to see someone write about fandoms that are dominated by f/f - where almost all the fic is femslash. How do those fandoms/fannish communities differ from others, if at all?
- Particular challenges/concerns/joys of RPF femslash
- Where Is All My Hot Lesbian Porn? It's been noted that explicit f/f is significantly rarer than explicit m/m. Why? How do we fix that? Does it even need fixing?
- Representing bisexual women - especially in cases when we're representing our own sexual identities/experiences
- Straight women writing femslash: challenges/concerns/joys thereof

Date: 2010-04-08 09:32 pm (UTC)
glinda: obscure femslashy icon ahoy (da cindy/max)
From: [personal profile] glinda
This sounds rather fun!

Homoerotic Subtext: Not Just For Boys
Yes It's F-ing Political: Femslashing as Response To Too Many Dead Lesbians in Canon
Lovers in a Dangerous Time: Femslash in Age of Sail fandoms
Learning to Love Ourselves: Using Femslash to break societally ingrained negative attitudes to other women and ourselves
Slash fandom is full of girls; where are all the boys in femslash fandom?

Date: 2010-04-08 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] xavie
Yay! A meta fest focussing on femmeslash! How awesome! :D
I don't know if I'll be able to write anything, but let's see if I can come up with some prompts (it's very late...)

* BigBang: Where are the novel-length stories in femmeslash?
* From schoolgirls to women of age: Writing about all ages. What are the kinks/joys/problems?
* LBTQI, Genderswap and Crossdressing: an attempt of a definition of FEMMEslash
* Do you tend to write Mary-Sues when you write femmeslash?

Date: 2010-04-08 11:01 pm (UTC)
ext_18106: (Donna Twin Peaks)
From: [identity profile] lyssie.livejournal.com
BSG fandom - why the femslash was so strong in the beginning and middle, and why it's faded a bit. What can other fandoms learn from that, not to mention other shows?

Is Femslash more acceptable now than it used to be? Are we still pushing against ingrained ideas of how f/f porn is only for straight men?

Date: 2010-04-09 10:06 am (UTC)
ilthit: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ilthit
I have no snazzy titles to suggest, but here are some subjects I'd love to see explored:

1. The apparent prevalence of TV show fandoms in femslash vs comic, film or book fandoms. Judging by Archive of Our Own's count, there are nearly as much book fandom fic as there is TV series fic, but femslash seems to me to be geared towards film and TV. Why is that? Or is this just me? My viewpoint may be skewed, because I don't get to watch U.S. programming at the same rate as fandom, so it might be just some part of me feeling left out that makes it look like TV fandom's bigger than it is in femslash.

2. Do we even want men in femslash fandom - and what difference does it make in women's comfort level if those men are queer? I'd love to see some discussion on female vs male spaces and the heteronormative paradigm in fandom and in porn.

3. There's a lot of talk about femslash vs. slash. How about femslash vs. het? Queer het, polyamorous situations, etc? Is femslash more about installing the queer and female experience into heteronormative fiction that tends to make gayness invisible or marginalized, than it is about lesbianism specifically? If that makes any sense... Although that may be the wrong question, as my own usual reason for femshipping are the same as for any shipping: a particular pairing just works for me.

Date: 2010-04-09 02:57 pm (UTC)
mammothluv: (bsg: starbuck/roslin)
From: [personal profile] mammothluv
Awesome idea! I'm looking forward to reading these posts.

The difference between writing a femslash pairing that is a canon romantic relationship in the source material and writing a femslash pairing that is not a canon romantic relationship in the source material.

Date: 2010-04-10 05:45 pm (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
  • Comparing and/or contrasting the amount of femslash borne of TV series/books/movies that have either the Bechdel Test, the Smurfette Principle, or the Female Success is Family.

  • Law & Order: SVU :: Olivia Benson's slashability with the various ADAs over the course of the series. What worked? What didn't?

  • Polyamory and femslash: Is it just the easiest way to get around the OTP issues?

  • Femslash and small fandoms: How can these smaller fandoms get a break in the greater femslash community?

  • International Day of Femslash: Does it accomplish its initial goals or does it simply flood people's flist/circles on that one day each year?

If I can think of any others, I'll add them...

Date: 2010-04-14 07:18 pm (UTC)
twtd: (Default)
From: [personal profile] twtd
I will try to come up with prompts before tomorrow, but I just wanted to say Yay! to people using this community that I sorta, kinda forgot about. *looks sheepish*

Date: 2010-04-14 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ssquirrel_fic
1. What does femslash fandom offer that het / slash fandom doesn't? (Beyond, you know, the obvious!)

2. Femslash pairings in the background - thoughts on including femslash in fic that is primarily slash / het.

Date: 2010-04-15 03:08 am (UTC)
sophinisba: Morgana and Gwen, text: Shh!  Nobody knows we're Lesbians (morgana gwen lesbians by hyel)
From: [personal profile] sophinisba
1. Merlin fandom: how have femslash fans dealt with season 2?
2. Tags and categories at the AO3: how do you (make it easy for readers to) find the femslash?
3. Femslash at Yuletide. (There are lots of directions this could go, but one that interests me is that fans who don't normally read or write femslash often seem to end up requesting or writing it just for this one challenge.)
4. Femslash fanart: what are some of the joys and challenges of drawing girls in love?

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